All dad jokes aside, cannabis is really having its moment right now, and this trend is only going to grow in 2019. But lest you think it’s all about getting high and hungry, the real player in this game is cannabidiol. Better known as CBD, cannabidiol is still illegal under federal law, but that has done nothing to stop its rise to culinary fame.
Unlike the cannabinoid THC, which when ingested or inhaled causes the euphoria most associated with cannabis, CBD has a therapeutic rather than intoxicating effect on the body. This has made it extremely popular as an alternative to painkillers like opioids. And now it’s making its way into the minds of chefs and food manufacturers, beverages, essential oils, personal care products, balms, you name it.
There’s plenty of legal gray area here still to be worked out, but more and more states are legalizing cannabis for medicinal or adult use, so it’s only a matter of time before the laws swing in favor of CBD. CBD can also be derived from hemp plants and not just cannabis. For now, it can be enjoyed in many ways if you live in a cannabis-friendly state. How about CBD beer? Check out Lagunitas’ version that contains no alcohol. Same goes for coffee, gummies, face creams and, of course, chocolates.